I make four or five different cookies recipes each year at Christmas. These cocoa crinkles are the only chocolate cookie on my gift plate and the only moist cookie. They are like yummy lumps of coal covered with snow. Leave a few for Santa if any survive to Christmas Eve.


  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat sugar and oil until mixed well. Add sour cream, egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda, salt and black pepper.

Add dry mixture to oil and sugar mixture.

Spoon and press dough into 1 inch balls.

Roll the balls in the powdered sugar.

Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet

Bake 10-12 minutes. The cookies should be slightly cracked, with firm tops. They should look like brownies on the inside. Don’t be tempted to cook them longer and dry them out.

Makes around 50 cookies.

Leslie Gayle

Leslie is a one time CPA, wife and mom of twins. She’s an over thinker who loves karate, thunder, and travel. Her sweatpants are yoga pants and she takes her coffee with milk.

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